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  • Objectives
    The Diploma of Children’s Services will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to enter the children’s services sector as a Qualified Child Care Worker. The course encompasses health, education and sociological perspectives to prepare students for work in a range of environments. The Diploma of Children’s services covers caring for children, observing children and interpreting observations, participating in the work environment and responding to illnesses, accidents and emergencies. Diploma of Children’s Services students will be well prepared to enter employment at a senior level in childcare centres and before and after school care. Workers at this level have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers and in most States. Depending on demand, both courses may also be delivered at the Gordon’s Colac Campus. The Diploma of Children’s Services (Flexi Mode) is a course designed for people who are working in the Children’s Services industry. Within the program, students are able to complete the Diploma of Children’s Services or exit with the Certificate III in Children’s Services. This course is based at the Gordon’s City Campus, Fenwick Street, Geelong.
  • Entry requirements
    If you would like to study the Diploma of Children’s Services (Flexi Mode) you must apply directly to the Gordon Institute. You will need to complete a Direct Entry Application Form – this form is available from Course Information. Applicants for the Diploma of Children’s Services (Flexi Mode) need to be currently working in the children’s services field and have completed the Certificate III in Children’s Services. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a police check at their own expense to meet workplace regulatory requirements. Applicants will also need a Working with Children’s Check.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Childrens Services (Flexi Mode)
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Childrens Services (Flexi Mode). The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm     30
    Ensure children’s health and safety     30
    Care for children     70
    Respond to illness, accidents and emergencies     30
    Work within a legal and ethical framework     50
    Support the development of children in the service     40
    Interact effectively with children     70
    Participate in workplace safety procedures     30
    Participate in the work environment     40
    Deliver services/activities to stimulate children’s development and enhance their leisure     20
    Develop an understanding of children’s interests and developmental needs     30
    Apply basic first aid/apply advanced first aid     30
    Care for babies     40
    Work effectively with families in caring for the child     25
    Support the rights and safety of children within duty of care requirements     50
    Establish, manage and monitor the implementation of a safe and healthy environment     40
    Plan care routines     70
    Foster and enhance children’s development responsible behaviour     40
    Foster and enhance children’s social, emotional and psychological development     100
    Foster and enhance children’s cognitive and language development     100
    Establish and implement plans for developing     40
    Plan the inclusion of children with additional needs     40
    Manage workplace OHS management system     40
    Design, implement and evaluate programs of the service     170
    Arrange/organise experiences which facilitate and enhance children’s development     80
    Document interpret and use information about children     70
    Work in partnership with families to care for their child     70
    Provide experiences which facilitate children’s expressive language development     60
    Use music as a medium to enhance children’s experience and development     40
    Provide experience which enhance children’s development and learning     60
    Work effectively with culturally diverse clients     30
    Maintain an effective work environment     50
    Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices     40
    Observe children and interpret observations     40
    The Diploma of Children’s Service (Flexi Mode) is run over three years. Diploma subjects are held over 31 weeks. Workshops are held once a month on a Saturday and classes are scheduled one evening per week.

    Selection Criteria
    If you apply to study the Diploma of Children’s Services (Flexi Mode) you are required to be employed in the Children’s Services industry.

    You will be required to attend an information session and complete a Child Studies Entrance Test of thinking and reasoning (this will incur a fee for Diploma applicants).

    Successful applicants will be required to attend an interview.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Childrens Services (Flexi Mode)

        * Qualified childcare worker room leader
        * Director, Child Care Centre
        * Second-in-charge, Child Care Centre
        * Child development officer, Family Day Care

    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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